Our staff member and former service-user, William, is featured within an inspiring evening of short documentaries on Tuesday 25th May 2021.
William's story (Stolen Years) is summarised in a film on our homepage, however this extended version by filmmaker Jeremiah Quinn was selected by Shorts on Tap to feature in a hard-hitting online event.
It's free to register and see all six short documentaries by visiting Shorts on Tap, and there is a bonus opportunity to take part in a Q&A session after the airing with William and Jeremiah.
It's a must-see film, hope you can make it!
The FEAT Room (or "Wee Blether" as it has become affectionally known) is being rebranded and having a short pause until re-launching at 1.30 pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021, and every Tuesday thereafter.
The room was becoming increasingly popular before a Spring Break, however following feedback from participants, staff and volunteers, the format is being re-worked and the new look should meet the needs of everyone who took part in the consultation.
The new room will run every Tuesday from 1.30-3.30 pm and be co-ordinated by Peer Support Volunteers at FEAT, supported by members of our staff team and Board of Directors who will continue to join in each week.
To join in, visit the FEAT Room page and click to enter
FEAT room being "decorated" (virtually)
We are delighted to report funding from NatureScot, through the Better Places Recovery Fund, to help us with some masterplanning activities - preparing Silverburn Park for the future by developing the conservation management plan in tandem with the visitor management plan.
Sinclair Watt Architects and Fife Historic Buildings Trust are undertaking this work with us and a final report on progress will be available by April 2021. .
Take a few minutes out of your day to watch this remarkable story featuring William - his journey to employment with us is quite harrowing at times but a true inspiration to everyone.
We will move out of our premises in Glenrothes this week after twenty years in the town, relocating into Silverburn Park near Leven with our services now being based outdoors and on online. We took on the lease for the 27-acre public park in 2019.
“It made sense to be closer to Silverburn as it has proved more and more useful to be able to get clients into nature, which is so helpful for everyone’s mental health. Some of our courses, such as ‘Employ Your Mind’, are already being run completely outdoors. We also have a number of clients volunteering at the park and some have even ended up with a job there,” said Duncan Mitchell CEO of FEAT. “In addition our services have moved online over the past year due to the pandemic and so it was a no brainer. We can now save money and cut our carbon footprint too.”
We are also fundraising at present for a multi-million pound visitor centre and community hub within the park, which will include offices for FEAT plus a café and restaurant, a shop, backpackers’ hostel with en-suite rooms, arts and craft studios, public toilets with fully accessible Changing Space facilities, as well as spaces for meetings, events and learning. The premises, which it is hoped will open in 2025, when it is planned the Levenmouth Railway will be operational, will take what the charity do to new level. People will be able learn new skills, train in different roles and gain employment.
On Monday (18 Jan 2021) the park will host a 300 plus lantern community art installation, focussing on local the heritage industries of linen and paper making by using images of flax flowers and paper. The installation is a pilot project to see how such heritage crafts could be received when carried out in the new building. It will be held as part of Blue Monday – January 18th - supposedly the most depressing day of the year and focusses on helping support people with their mental health in these challenging times. We need to raise further funds to complete the build and have so far raised more than £22,000 via a community crowdfunding campaign. However, we need to raise £2.5 million, so help is still needed. To support the Crowdfunder log onto: www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/silverburn-flax-mill or text FLAX to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message or choose your own amount e.g. FLAX10 to 70085. This can be anything from £1 to £20.
We are proud to announce the launch of the Silverburn Flax Mill ‘Buy A Brick’ Campaign. We hope to raise £1,500 by Christmas towards the re-pointing and renovation of the Flax Mill’s 30,000 iconic red bricks. “Buying” a virtual brick will help us to achieve the multi-million pound fundraising target which will enable the transformation of Silverburn Park’s Flax Mill.
The campaign will allow people to buy into the future of Silverburn Park by donating £15 per brick, a unique gift for a loved-one this Christmas.
Each brick will be carefully repointed and repaired, bringing the currently derelict B-listed former Flax Mill building back to life, the jewel in the crown of Silverburn Park. A park that was gifted by the Russell Family to the people of Fife, and the people of Levenmouth in particular, as a place of quiet reflection.
A special gift for people who love Silverburn Park
The brick certificate, emailed to you or your loved-one, will make an ideal gift for people who love the park and want to see it revived. An ideal gift for coastal path walkers, cyclists, runners, dog walkers, Scottish heritage enthusiasts, families who love the park, people who want to see Levenmouth thrive. If you can’t visit your loved-ones this Christmas then send them something meaningful and look forward to meeting in the park.
Each brick renovation costs £15 and the money raised will go towards the multi-million-pound Silverburn Flax Mill Visitor Centre and Community Hub, set to open in 2025, in time for the opening of the Levenmouth Rail Link.
To commemorate your gift:
- A personalised Brick Renovation Certificate
- Information about the Flax Mill project. If you are a family, business or organisation and would like to contribute ten or more bricks, you will have your business name credited on our website.
If you like our project mention us on social media using the below hashtags.
Buy your brick(s) today by visiting the dedicated brick web page!
Image courtesy of Michael Wolchover (Flax Mill Bricks, Silverburn Park 2020)
FEAT have been working for some time now to implement a major community-led initiative for wellbeing, enterprise and employment, benefiting the people of Levenmouth and beyond.
Our aim is to bring the currently derelict B-listed former Flax Mill building back to life, creating a sustainable and iconic centre piece for Silverburn Park.
We are looking for your support to help achieve the goal and would ask you to share our crowdfunding appeal with your contacts and, if you can, contribute any loose change you can manage!
As well as donating online, you can also text a donation if you prefer -
Text FLAX to 70085
(Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message, or choose your own amount, eg: FLAX10 to donate £10 (up to £20))
Spearing heading the renovation of the Silverburn flax mill and not scared of getting his hands dirty by volunteering to do a shed load of jobs around the park, Brian Robertson was nominated within the 'Terrific Trustee' category at the Scottish Charity Awards 2020.
We're proud of Brian's commitment to our mission and whilst he didn't win the category overall, he's a winner in our eyes!
Please note our temporary office contact numbers have changed for the remainder of the lockdown period to 07380 651 808 We will strive to answer every call, however there may be occasions when you go straight to voice mail - please leave us a message in this instance and we'll get back in touch.
We also still operate our text-only service at 07780 251711. Calls answered between 9 and 4.30 pm on weekdays.
If you are an existing service user at FEAT and/or Fife IPS, you should already have the individual phone number for your key worker and can continue to use that number to get in touch.
We also run a weekly zoom room, every Thursday from 2 pm - 4 pm where you can pop in for a chat with the team, click here to join.
Everyone is feeling the effects of the lockdown and social distancing measures and of course it has meant the temporary closure of our offices in Hanover Court and Silverburn Park.
We are, however, still actively working and engaging with all existing service users, those on the waiting list and still welcoming new enquiries from individuals looking for help. We have helped several service users into temporary, essential CV-19 related jobs in recent times and are running group work sessions and 1:1's via video conferencing, telephone calls and webinars.
Contact us via this website, phone us on our temporary hotline 07380 651 808 or our social media channels, or text 07780251711 if you need us.
With the ongoing COVID-19 situation we extended the closing date for applications for the vacancies below to 20th April 2020. We can now confirm we have received an excellent response and will not be extending the deadline further.
Thanks to all of you who have applied, we are facing delays and uncertainty (like everyone) regarding the timescales for shortlisting and interviews, however we will be in touch directly with everyone who has sent in an application.
Employment Specialist – Fife Individual Placement & Support
Flexible to cover 7 days (49 hours per week), split between two posts up to March 2021 – salary £26,056 per annum, (pro-rata)
FEAT is seeking two Employment Specialists to use the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach, working in partnership with Fife Health & Social Care and with clients with complex and enduring mental health conditions across Fife. IPS is a proven way of helping people, who have had mental ill health, back to work.
The successful candidates will proactively manage a caseload of individuals who are unemployed and/or currently off work. You will deliver the IPS evidence-based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with complex and enduring mental health problems. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the individual, NHS Fife, Fife Council, GPs, employers, colleges, Job Centre Plus and Occupational Health to enable individuals to gain and retain employment.
The roles will be based in our offices in Glenrothes, though you are also expected to carry out a proportion of work in NHS inpatient/outpatient settings and in the community around Fife, with patients with complex mental health conditions, on a one-to-one basis. This innovative project has secured substantial further funding from Opportunities Fife and the European Social Investment Fund and we expect to continue beyond March 2021. You will be part of an enthusiastic dynamic team offering an inclusive, non-judgmental approach to support and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life.
FEAT are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer and encourage applications from all members of the community including disabled applicants. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group, but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our organisation we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone. FEAT's vision is to enable and support individuals to reach their full positive mental well-being in a culture where there is no stigma.
Application packs are available by e-mail from email@example.com or telephone 01592 759371 or by download. Please do not send a C.V. Candidates will be required to undergo a PVG check. For informal queries around hours for the posts or anything else, please contact Joanne Koziel on 07736901030.
The closing date for applications is Friday 20thMarch 2020 at 12 noon. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.
The new team of consultants enlisted to take forward the regeneration of Silverburn Park came together for an induction day at Silverburn Park in January 2020. Great group of experts with vast experience, really exciting, if very cold, day to launch the next chapter of our plans!
The team comprises specialist knowledge in a variety of areas from business planning and project development to evaluation, fundraising, interpretation and an historian, supporting the staff team at FEAT along with volunteers from our Board of Directors.
The team of consultants tasked with making the project a success! ✔
Since 2019 FEAT and Veterans F1rst Point have been collaborating to deliver a veteran-specific Employ your Mind course in Fife.
Phase 1 of the programme completed prior to the festive break and now into 2020 and phase 2, we have a group of 9 veterans who are working towards a variety of individual goals and with a view of securing work in the Civilian world during the year.
Huge thanks to the support of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund who are providing the finance for this pilot, whilst still early days, the feedback from all parties is very positive indeed.
Pictured left are the staff teams from FEAT and V1P in the planning phase.
Press Release October 2019
FIFE CHARITY WINS SHARE OF £1MILLION GIVEAWAY
A charity that supports young people with mental health conditions has been awarded a share of a £1,000,000 fund supporting under-18s as a part of Persimmon Homes’ hugely successful Building Futures campaign.
Fife Employment Access Trust help young people (and adults) self-manage their conditions and prepare to enter into paid employment. The trust was one of 96 organisations from the length and breadth of the UK to reach the final stage of its Building Futures competition.
From February to May, Building Futures has also given away £128,000 to 128 organisations supporting young people in sport, education & arts and health throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
The competition culminated in a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Tuesday, where three finalists were each awarded the top prize of £100,000, three the second prize of £50,000 and three the third prize of £20,000. The remaining 87 finalists were handed £5,000 each.
Fife Employment Access Trust represented the health category for Persimmon Homes North Scotland receiving £5,000. Duncan Mitchell at Fife Employment Access Trust, said: “Taking part in Building Future has been a fantastic experience for us and it was so exciting to reach the finals. It was a very emotional evening with such a broad range of groups being represented and we are delighted to have been awarded £5,000."
Stephen Profili, managing Director at Persimmon Homes North Scotland, said: “The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and we had a brilliant evening at York Racecourse celebrating the fantastic work of so many organisations supporting young people in our communities.
“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work and dedication of those involved within all the groups.”
The first, second and third prize winners were decided by a public vote and more than 225,000 votes were cast.
The £100,000 prize winner in the sport category was Scrappers Gym based in Swindon, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association secured the award for education &arts and the Young People’s Counselling Service Annabelle Davis project in Peterborough was handed the health award.
The second prize awards of £50,000 went to Leeds Rowing Club for sport, UK Astronomy in Milton Keynes for education & arts and Norwich-based Toy Like Me for health.
Andover BMX Club scooped £20,000 for sport in third place, while Wargrave House in Newton-le Willows won the education & arts award and Butterwick Hospice Kidz Club in Stockton was handed the health award.
Iain added: “Getting involved with causes across our region has been an amazing experience and we will continue to support groups and charities through our Community Champions initiative.”
Scottish Finalists and Persimmon Homes Representatives at the Gala Dinner in York
Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) are celebrating a significant award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to transform the future of Silverburn Park in Leven.
FEAT are a Fife-wide award-winning mental health and employment specialist charity, also celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and are celebrating an award of £374,600 initially by the Fund to enter the formal development phase of the project which ultimately aims to renovate the B-listed former flax mill in the Park into a hub of commercial and community activities ranging from a hostel, café and community space, serving local people and visitors from the Fife Coastal Path.
Duncan Mitchell, General Manager at FEAT, says, “It’s been a long road to get to this point and I have to thank Fife Council and particularly current and previous members of the Levenmouth Area Committee who gave us the opportunity to lease the Park and hopefully spark new life into the site with wider benefits for the local community.”
It was back in 2012 that Fife Council marketed Silverburn as a development opportunity as a way of securing its regeneration, while at the same time safeguarding public access and the natural and historical value, with FEAT being named as the preferred partner.
Since then a wealth of activity has taken place to begin the regeneration of the Park and undertake the feasibility studies, community consultations and detailed designs – as well as fully cost the renovations work.
Duncan adds, “The funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund will now enable us to focus on securing the remainder of the funding needed to complete the construction phase of the project and finalise the designs for the renovation of the mill, as well as maintaining our vision to develop the Park as a place of quiet enjoyment, conserving the cultural values of the landscape and buildings, supporting the health & wellbeing of the community and enhancing the habitat and biodiversity of the environment. The funding will also support FEAT to ensure that meaningful training, volunteering, work experience and employment opportunities are available to their core client group and the surrounding community.
Once we can establish the final project, it will also be an income-generator for the charity and therefore reduce our reliance on grant funding to sustain our core work.”
FEAT will continue to work in partnership with Fife Council throughout this next phase of the programme, as well as Fife Historic Buildings Trust who have extensive experience – and success – of supporting successful implementation of similar projects across the Kingdom.
Further details of FEAT’s vision and aims for the Park are available at www.silverburnpark.co.uk and regular updates on the current daily activities at the Park are on their facebook page. Those developments have included managing volunteer and training programmes, opening a small café last year with plans to open a campsite this year as a pre-cursor to the flax mill re-development.
FEAT have also delivered a wide variety of community events and this Saturday (29th June) the Friends of Silverburn group are hosting a free family fun day from 12-3 pm.
Brian Robertson, Chair of the Silverburn project Board, adds, “It’s been a long haul to get to this point of the project and we have a vast amount of work to do now to ensure we can raise the remainder of the funding required to transform the Park – however, the support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund is a huge advantage to us when approaching others – they have shown faith in our plans, and our ability to deliver these plans, and everyone connected with FEAT is on cloud 9.”
Cllr Ken Caldwell convener of Levenmouth Area Committee welcomed the news saying: "This is great news for Levenmouth that FEAT has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage fund. We're in full support of FEAT and are working closely with them on redevelopment plans for Silverburn Park. We want Silverburn to be an asset for the community; somewhere everyone can enjoy."
Christine May, Chair of Fife Historic Buildings Trust said, "All at FHBT are so proud to have helped the Silverburn team to achieve this wonderful financial support, the result of months of hard work and co-operation. We are looking forward to getting stuck in with all the partners involved and to making the dream a reality."
Duncan Mitchell (left) and Brian Robertson with the plans for the flax mill
Whilst we picked up the top prize at the Centre for Social Justice Awards at the beginning of March, we couldn't make it 2 out of 2 unfortunately as we came runner-up in the Fife Business Awards 2019. The ceremony took place on 29 March and our category (Excellence in Creativity and Innovation) was won by John Young Signs.
Alan Mitchell, CEO of Fife Chamber of Commerce and one of the judges this year, says, "I want to congratulate FEAT on being a finalist at the 2019 Fife Business Awards. I know that nothing I can say will change any disappointment you may be feeling because you didn’t win but you should not lose sight of the fact that FEAT is doing amazing things that are worthy of celebration.
You had the courage to apply when most didn’t and you demonstrated excellence to be shortlisted. You should be very proud. I hope that your application will inspire many others to come forward in the future, and I hope that it will not deter you from applying with the same passion and determination in 2020.
I have no doubt that you will continue to enjoy great success and everyone at Fife Chamber wishes you nothing but the very best. "
Pictured are FEAT staff at the Ceremony (left-to-right) Toni Clark, Wendy Barbour and Elaine Richards.
Twenty-five years after our foundation, Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) have won a Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Award for its work supporting those with mental health problems to find employment.
The prize, presented on Tuesday evening (5th March) at a prestigious venue in Central London, includes a £10,000 grant and promotion of the organisation’s vital work before an audience of influential politicians, journalists and philanthropists. The Awards are also known as the Oscars for the Voluntary Sector.
According to the Scottish Government, around one in three people are estimated to be affected by mental illness in any one year. Many of these struggle to find or maintain stable employment.
Duncan Mitchell, General Manager of FEAT, said: "Day in, day out we get to work with people experiencing severe disadvantages in life due to their mental health and help them to unlock their ability and talent to overcome their daily challenges in life. It is an honour to help them on their journeys.
“Winning this award is an enormous boost to everyone associated with FEAT, particularly to the staff and volunteers who constantly go far beyond the call of duty to achieve life-changing outcomes for the people who inspire us every day.
“This year we are celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary and what a way to mark it. We hope this award will lead on to even bigger and better things for us and the amazing people we serve.”
Andy Cook, Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice think tank, said “FEAT innovates new techniques and approaches to solving some of the most pressing issues in the field of mental health. Among these, the inability to find and maintain regular work is paramount.“The dignity of work and the confidence it instils are crucial to solving mental health problems.“The CSJ recognises FEAT’s innovation, efficiency and compassion in helping people find work and rebuild their lives. We wish them another twenty-five years of stellar achievement.”
Video footage from the Awards, featuring FEAT staff is available by clicking here
About the CSJ Awards
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) exists to prevent and tackle poverty across Britain.
The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises from across Britain.
There are five categories for which prizes are awarded: addiction support and recovery, family support, work and employment, education and social mobility, and crime prevention and rehabilitation.
The five winners each receive a £10,000 grant and are profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country. This enables them to scale their impact and gives senior politicians, philanthropists and business and charity leaders the chance to be inspired by and learn from them.
It gives award winners unique opportunities to connect with other people passionate about furthering the cause of social justice in Britain.
L-R: William Mowbray (FEAT/Fife IPS), Baroness Mone, Duncan Mitchell (FEAT), Carole Walker
We are celebrating success in 2019, having been shortlisted for two prestigious awards, locally and nationally.
We are a finalist in the Centre for Social Justice Awards (Work Category) and also the Fife Business Awards (Innovation) category, with both holding their ceremonies during March 2019 when we'll learn our fate.
This follows the success of two staff members in December 2018 who took prizes in the Fife Business Diversity Awards for overcoming barriers and successfully gaining and holding down employment with us. Arran Ritchie took the Bronze Award and Catherine Grubb won Gold at the ceremony - huge congratulations to them both!
The Centre for Social Justice Award ceremony takes place on March 5th in London. The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises from across Britain. Five winners will receive a £10,000 grant and be profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country and we're excited to be a part of it this year.
The Fife Business Awards ceremony takes place on 29th March and will hosted by well-known personality Fred McAuley. We are in the running for an award for our excellence in creativity and innovation.
To win either of these awards will be difficult - we're up against stiff competition indeed, however this is a great way to celebrate our 25th Anniversary whatever the result!
Arran Ritchie and Catherine Grubb
at the Fife Business Diversity Awards
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WINNER: SME NEWS UK ENTERPRISE AWARDS : Most Dedicated Mental Health Employment Services Charity 2020
WINNER: the Centre for Social Justice Awards 2019 in the Work Category
FINALIST in the scottish charity awards terrific trustee (Brian robertson) category 2020
Finalist in the 2019 Fife Business Awards in the Excellence in Creativity and Innovation Category
Finalist in Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards 2018 for Best Community Group
Recruiter Magazine UK Charity of the Year 2016 : Fife Voluntary Sector Award Winner for Partnerships 2014 & 2016;
Runner-up Herald Society Awards 2014; Runner-up GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards 2017
Healthy Working Lives : Bronze Medal Holders
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